25 November 2016 - Magic outside Hogwarts

Magic outside Hogwarts: Super elasticity, High Strength, and Shape Memory
25 November 2016 participants of the Project studied magical secrets at the Laboratory for Physics of High-Strength Crystals.
            Master’s students at the Faculty of Physics Marina Panchenko and Kseniya Reunova introduced their Laboratory to first-year-students. Marina and Kseniya have been working in the Laboratory for several years and agreed to show younger colleagues around it. They told them about martensitic strains and development of the theory of thermoelastic martensitic transformations in high-strength and high-temperature nanocomposites for the construction of new shape memory alloys based on FeNiCoAl. 
            Marina and Kseniya are also participants of the Project. They attend classes with the group of advanced learners. Kseniya joined the group in 2016, whereas Marina is a “second-year-student” within the Project. Kseniya said that it was very interesting to talk to students in English. ‘There were too many people, but they seemed to be curious and listened to us with great interest.”
            Students’ curiosity can be seen by their comments on the excursion:
Dmitry Krom (group 05621): I liked the excursion conducted by the Master’s students in our department. It was great fun. More importantly it was useful for our further studies. I especially liked the experiment conducted with shape memory alloys. I even participated in this experiment.
Kirill Dubovikov (group 05621): It was very interesting.
I learned a lot of new information about the Faculty of Physics and its departments. There were many complicated devices and experiments, especially in the Metals Laboratory. It was unbelievable. Our guides spoke almost fluent English and made the excursion very interesting. I liked our tour. The only drawback was that it was very hot in the lab.
            Equipment used in the Laboratory helps to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and structures using tensile, compression, flexural, fatigue, impact, dynamic, torsional and multi-axial loading. It allows scientists to perform compression and tension, aging, and quenching on samples. The laboratory staff was conducting the experiments during the lab tour. Some of them even shared their experiences and told the visitors about their studies. One fails to see the structure of samples with a naked eye. However, everyone managed to study it with the light microscope available at the Laboratory.
            The main “wizard” of the Laboratory, Yuri I. Chumlyakov, demonstrated the incredible magic of physics. Shape memory alloys and super elastic thread created in the Laboratory are examples of high-quality studies conducted in Tomsk State University. The head of the Laboratory came back from the USA where he gave lectures as a visiting professor. He told students that a good knowledge of English is as important to future success as physics, mathematics, and computer science.
In the academic year 2016/2017, the Pilot Project for “Enhancement of TSU Students’ Foreign Language Skills” will offer students the opportunity to attend lectures delivered by faculty staff and to visit laboratories and the museum of physics.